General: A co-captain in 2011 after playing a major role in the central defense in 2010 ... also capable as an outside defender as a left-footer and could see more time wide in 2011.
2010 Season: Saw action in all 18 games, including starting the last 17 ... a key member of the central defense for the Cardinal that allowed just 20 goals on the season ... anchored the central defense alongside All-Pac-10 first teamer Bobby Warshaw ... helped the Cardinal to six shutouts on the season ... one of nine players to play in all 18 games for the Cardinal.
As a Sophomore in 2009: Saw action in three games off the bench ... saw time in Stanford's upset win of No. 2 UCLA (10/25) ... earned NCAA experience in Stanford's 3-0 win over Saint Mary's in the opening round of the tournament.
As a Freshman in 2008: Appeared in seven games, including one start ... tied for second on the team with two assists ... played a long ball to assist Cullen Wilson on a header goal in a 2-0 win over Cornell (9/7) ... assisted on the lone goal in a 2-1 defeat to Drake (9/21).
High School/Club: Four-year varsity player at The Branson School in Ross, Calif. ... captain as a senior ... though he was a defender, scored 18 goals and had 20 assists during his junior and senior years ... two-time Marin County Athletic League first-team choice (2007-08) ... MCAL Foundation Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008 ... played forward on two state Division V basketball championship teams ... played soccer club ball for Marin FC, Club Marin and San Francisco Seals.
Personal: Son of Tom and Roxanne Ryan ... has one brother, Michael ... his uncle, Steve Ryan, played for the San Jose Earthquakes of the North American Soccer League ... enjoys mountain biking, trail running, watching the English Premier League, swimming, movies, and playing basketball.
Bret Simon on Ryan: "Tommy is an exciting talent who can be both a ball-winning defender and a dynamic attacker from a defensive position."